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In 1987 the tired worn out, four level school house sat abandoned amongst the corn & soy bean fields.  Along came two visionary/creative teachers who saw possibilities!  

DEMO inc Mission Statement

Our mission of the Svea Schoolhouse is two fold: 


  • To establish an art center in rural Minnesota whose focus is on the visual arts with an emphasis on providing gallery & studio work space with educational opportunities primarily for area teens while embracing all Greater Minnesota Communities.                            

  • The Svea Schoolhouse will celebrate continued education & diversity by bringing in visitings artists to share their art knowledge & abilities.  It will also provide an avenue for its participants; students, adults & teachers alike to share their work with the community.  Through the arts, business awareness & skills will be developed & practiced by youth, with supportive guidance from teachers & other professionals.

  • To  preserve & renovate a National Historic building.

DEMO inc is a non-profit tax exempt 501 (c) 3 organization
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Monica Villars, Pauline Donahue, Tammi Parsons, Pam Sigafoos, Sara Squibb

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